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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Devil's ColonyThe Devil's Colony by Bill Schweigart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thank you to NetGalley and Bill Schweigart for the opportunity to read the third cryptid, suspense, horror, magic and miracle based novel.

The Devil's Colony will stand alone, but I recommend going back to The Beast of Barcroft and "Northwoods" to get acquainted with the quirky, unique and talented characters.

Monsters come in all shapes and sizes; the worst it seems come disguised as a human-being.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Doesn't She Look Natural (Fairlawn, #1)Doesn't She Look Natural by Angela Elwell Hunt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A voracious reader, I make use of the free e-books offered from various sites, on a weekly basis. Following the Golden Rule, I do try to give at least a perfunctory review on Amazon.com, but this is a big winner, and this work deserves an honest review, and some publicity.

I got Doesn't She Look Natural by Angela Elwell Hunt on or about the 9th of September, and gulped it down in two readings.

It is hard to nail this down as a romance, mystery, suspense, or inspirational; it is some of all those things. A programmer in Y/A and Adult programming in our library, researching books for purchase for our collections, is part of that job. There is a tendency for adult readers, to drift to Y/A, and I think that is because even grown-ups like to leave something to the imagination, without being shocked every few pages.

"Doesn't She Look Natural," is a unique read, from a perspective that is "inspirational" in that the spiritual practice of Christianity, shows in decisions, lifestyle, and preconceived notions by the characters. It does not overwhelm the plot, or force itself to be a message bearer, as much as Angela E. Hunt, shows that family, community, and traditions are important for a peaceful society.

I love the strong female protagonists, the plot, and am sympathetic to their trials, tribulations and lessons being learned. This is a book (series), that I will be able to recommend to many patrons, because the content is well written, and clean. Family friendly.

I will recommend [ book: Doesn't She Look Natural ]for purchase in our library, and feel comfortable recommending this book widely.



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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Above SuspicionAbove Suspicion by Joe Sharkey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Many thanks to Edelweiss-Above-the-Treeline and Open Road Media for the ARC of this Kindle e-book.
Above Suspicion by Joe Sharkey by Joe Sharkey.

This was excellent coverage of an FBI agent who tried to play by the book, but as a rookie was thrown into a corrupt little town that had their law enforcement just the way they wanted it. Mark Putnam did all of the things he was taught to do but ended up a criminal who lost everything.

This is the second such story I have read about in the last month where law enforcement who use C.I.'s or confidential informants create relationships that are bound to end badly for someone. Generally, it is the rule-followers and those who put their faith in a fallible system.

Mark Putnam was a rare person who did not lose his conscience in the end. He was not power-hungry or greedy. If he was he could have risen to the highest offices of trust in the land.

The writing was good, but due to space and time some of the characters like Mark's wife who since passed away, and several of the other players had to be left hanging and without resolution.

It is a good read unless you are a little too familiar with the type of corruption and greed in this story. Then, it is a reminder that positions of trust are often a stepping stone of evil.

I will recommend this for readers advisories.


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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Baby, Take a BowBaby, Take a Bow by Jane Tesh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thanks to Edelweiss and Poisoned Pen Press for the Amazon e-book galley of Baby, Take a Bow by Jane Tesh.

When I first started reading Baby, Take a Bow I was almost overwhelmed by the myriad of characters active in this story.

Baby, Take a Bow has psychics, psychos, decent folks and a few rednecks. A suburban Animal House of relationships which work, despite all odds.

I am glad that I continued to read on because this is an enjoyable, unique and interesting novel. Toward the end Jane Tesh calms the calamity and finishes with a gentle ending.

The writing is pure art. I recommend this book for the voracious reader looking for entertainment that breaks the mold.

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Lying Blind: A Nan Vining Mystery #6Lying Blind: A Nan Vining Mystery #6 by Dianne Emley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thanks to Random House Publishing Group - Alibi and NetGalley for the galley copy of Lying Blind: A Nan Vining Mystery #6.

This was a novel that I could not speed through. The descriptions, plot, and subplots took me from the fast lane. I slowed my pace so that I could enjoy every nuance.

From the first chapter of Dianne Emley's "Lying Blind" I got hooked. Even though I finished a few days ago, I keep wanting more.

This is my first novel by Dianne Emley, and as 6th in a series, it stands alone.

This novel shows wealth and privilege getting away with murder. Karma shows up and exacts payment.

The characters are believable and developed. Nan Vining is a complex woman who is likable and a professional detective. She would rather do right than be popular.

As a native Californian who has been away many years, I enjoyed the journey from Pasadena to Los Robles. Now I will have to go back and get caught up with the life and times of Nan Vining.

Dianne Emley please don't stop writing this series now. You left me hanging on the edge of a cliff. I must have more.

I will recommend the Nan Vining Mystery Series for our library collection.

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Hostile Witness (Witness Series, #1)Hostile Witness by Rebecca Forster
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this book at no cost on Amazon Prime.

Thanks to Rebecca Forster for making Hostile Witness: A Josie Bates Thriller: The Witness Series #1. It is still available as a free e-book at the time of this review. 01/07/2017

There are seven books in this series. If you want to jump into a new series and not have to wait for the next book this is your lucky day. This is a fast-paced legal thriller.

The main protagonist Josie Baylor-Bates is an athletic, attorney who lives in a home on the beach in Southern California. She has just earned her partnership in a cozy and well-established law firm.

Josie's life is on an even keel until an old "friend" Linda Sheraton commands her help in defending her daughter Hannah. Teenage Hanna is charged as an adult in the death of her step-grandfather. The other sticker is the victim is a well-respected judge.

Using her friend, Linda knows the buttons to push to guarantee the cooperation of Josie.

Josie sticks her neck out and could lose everything she has worked for her whole life.

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A Short Time to DieA Short Time to Die by Susan Alice Bickford
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thank you to Kensington Books & NetGalley. I received a galley Kindle e-book A Short Time To Die by Susan Alice Bickford for review.

The beginning is in a small town. Secluded enough from prying eyes and powerful magistrates to get away with murder. They are ripe with inbred mafias. It is rare that anyone escapes from these cloistered holes long enough to tell their stories. Successful escape is unheard of. The odds are a million-to-one.

A Short Time to Die is ripe with strong females. Protagonists and antagonists abound. It is a relief to see the roles change, in some cases it is murder.

Marly Shaw has a lot to live for. She risks generational laws of punishment. Using survival skills passed down through her community since pioneer days. The librarian helps save her.

Clara County Sheriff’s Detective Vanessa Alba shows up decades late in a sordid game of King of the Mountain. She and partner Jack Wong travel out of jurisdiction to make death notifications. The journey takes them to the Finger Lakes of central New York. Back in time. Where they attempt to wrap up loose ends on a California death scene. The mystery is no easy solve.

This novel evoked a wide range of emotions in me. The characters are well developed. I could picture them and feel their essence.

Once I started reading, I could not stop.

Powerful, enchanting and haunting.

I will recommend this for our library collection and to other readers who like unique mystery.

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